Inquest Into Bush Crimes
January 16, 2009
“Last Sunday President-elect Barack Obama was asked whether he would seek an investigation of possible crimes by the Bush administration. ‘I don’t believe that anybody is above the law,’ he responded, but ‘we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.’
I’m sorry, but if we don’t have an inquest into what happened during the Bush years — and nearly everyone has taken Mr. Obama’s remarks to mean that we won’t — this means that those who hold power are indeed above the law because they don’t face any consequences if they abuse their power.”
Yes, yes, I know, anything of the sort will look like a partisan witch hunt, we have bigger and more immediate things to worry about, it’s is by no means in Obama’s political interest to investigate the Bushies, etc. I know all the political arguments. The problem is that, above and beyond anything else, the Bush Administration lied to start the Iraq War, tortured people, spied on Americans, and used the Justice Dept. for its own political ends. To let those things go means that they WILL all happen again.
But as Krugman points out, they got away with Iran-Contra (Oliver North became a fucking HERO as a result of Iran-Contra!).